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Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is a government benefit to help keep you going while you are looking for work. If you qualify, you’ll get at least £57.35. You can get more if you’re over 25 or you’re a lone parent.
You can get JSA if:
There may be extra conditions attached to your JSA, such as spending a certain number of hours looking for work each week, or registering with a recruitment agency. Your JSA may also be stopped if you turn down a job or training, don’t apply for jobs or don’t turn up to Job Center.
If you’re on JSA for more than 3 months, you might have to join the Work Program, which may include work experience or training.
You may also be able to access other benefits based on your income, such as Housing Benefit.
Most job-hunting advice applies whether you’re still studying, in work or unemployed, but there are extra things you should do when looking for work is a full-time job.
Money is one of the biggest worries when you’re looking for work. Budgeting carefully doesn't just help you to get the most out of your money: it also puts you back in control and helps you to worry less.
Write down everything you spend to work out where you can cut back, and how much you need to cover the essentials.
You might not be able to get the kind of job you want straight away, but getting any job in the meantime can be extremely useful.
As well as earning you some money, this can help to avoid having a big gap in your CV and could provide some relevant experience. However, there are downsides. The time and energy you spend looking for and working at another job can’t be spent looking for the job you want permanently. Keep this in mind when you are looking for a job: try to find something with hours that will still allow you to look for permanent jobs.
If you have skills like writing or web design, you might be able to do some freelance work while looking for a job. This allows you to fit work around your job hunt, as well as showing employers that you are motivated and can take the initiative. Remember that this can affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance.
One of the few benefits of being unemployed is that you have a lot of spare time. Taking the opportunity to improve your skills can improve your chances of finding a job, as well as helping you to avoid getting bored.
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Unemployment can have serious effects on people’s physical and mental health, so it’s important to take care of yourself during any period of unemployment. Take these steps to make things as easy as possible: